Sigwolf wrote:Better yet... why don't they let drivers get in "the chase" for participating in a race at some point in the season? Then the champion could be determined by which one has the most accumulated points from all 36 races added together, ya know, from actually racing? Nah, that would be crazy.
It would be nice to have the way it used to be. I haven't checked recently, but I think I saw that half of the chase winners wouldn't have won under the non-chase system. Just a quick check:
2013 - Johnson by 19 over Kenseth (Johnson by 41 over Harvick)
2012 - Keselowski by 39 over Bowyer (Keselowski by 19 over Biffle)
2011 - Stewart, by tiebreaker over Edwards (Edwards by 78 over Harvick)
2010 - Johnson by 39 over Hamlin (Harvick by 285 over Johnson)
2009 - Johnson by 141 over Martin (Johnson by 66 over Gordon)
2008 - Johnson by 69 over Edwards (Edwards by 16 over Johnson)
2007 - Johnson by 77 over Gordon (Gordon by 353 over Johnson)
2006 - Johnson by 56 over Kenseth (Johnson by 4 over Kenseth)
2005 - Stewart by 35 over Biffle (Stewart by 215 over Biffle)
2004 - Busch, Ku by 8 over Johnson (Gordon by 47 over Johnson)
So... 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012 were closer finishes non-chase than chase. 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 were different Champion.
So... old system all the way, Johnson a 3 time champ and Gordon is 6 timer, with Edwards twice and Harvick once. Though those are all colored by the 48 team sandbagging some of those regular seasons, and flipping the switch for the Chase. Think 2010 might have been the year the 48 was 7th in the points after Richmond. The net effect is one really doesn't know what would have happened in the non-chase scenario since the non-chase scenario wasn't in play.